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Token Die - 1 Penny, Jas Davey & Co, Drapers, Grocers & Importers, Gippsland Store, Sale, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35765

Steel One Penny Token, made by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Used for the manufacture of tokens issued by Jas Davey & Co, Drapers, Grocers & Importers, Gippsland Store, Sale, 1862. James Davey was born in Bristol, England and came to Victoria in 1850, spending a year at a place then called Fiery Creek, now Beaufort, before returning to England. He returned to Victoria in 1857. He soon established a general store 'The Gippsland Mart' in Sale in partnership with a Mr McKenzie. The partnership, was later disposed of and Davey carried on alone. In 1865 he sold the grocery, crockery and ironmongery sections of his business to his brother-in-law, Mr Sprod, and moved the Drapery business next door, it went intoreceivership in late 1866 and closed on 2nd February 1867. But in March Davey found himself able to buy his stock back and re-open the business. In 1867 Davey drowned, in what appeared to be a case of suicide. After his sudden death at the age of 42, his widow, Matilda Davey, carried on the business with indifferent success, until June 1879.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A steel die 54 mm high with a main diameter of 55 mm and a working surface diameter of 34 mm. The die features the name, address and business of the firm that commissioned it: JAS. DAVEY & Co. GIPPSLAND STORE FORSTER ST. SALE, WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERS GROCERS & IMPORTERS
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 55 mm (Height), 54 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: drapers, grocers, numismatic dies, numismatic technology, retailing, shops, wholesale trade
Themes this item is part of: Jas Davey & Co, Drapers, Gippsland & Sale, Victoria, circa 1858-1879, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: dies
Series: Dies, Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Across the centre of the working face within a line circle in six lines, JAS. DAVEY / & Co. / GIPPSLAND / STORE / FORSTER ST. / SALE around, WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERS GROCERS & IMPORTERS : all incuse retrograde.
Material: Steel
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1862
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Commissioned By: Davey, Jas & Co Gippsland Store, Sale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 90
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 53
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 192

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